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Opinion

  • Dear Levy County taxpayer,

  • It's long been handy for politicians to say the news media distorts and spins its reporting on them.
    So the Chiefland Citizen is taking them up on the challenge.
    In Monday's Board of County Commissioners budget workshop the four members were told they could submit columns on this year's vexing budget problems — including the possibility of higher assessments, higher property taxes, furloughs or cuts in hours for county workers or cuts in hours and services.
    These are all worthy topics for debate.

  • By DANIEL VANCE

    Disabilities

  • Once again I have ventured to Washington, D.C., with the Levy County Safety Patrol from Williston Elementary School. We, in Bus 1, were led by Mrs. Lisa Posteraro and School Resource Officer Grant Sandlin, who kept us organized, entertained and safe (Bus 2 was headed up by Frank McKoy and Joelene Vining).

  • Dixie Waste Services, under a new bunch of promoters, is attempting again to build an incinerator on the Eastern edge of Dixie County. Despite continued objections from the public, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has decided to grant another two-year extension of their Air Construction Permit.

  •   Despite a relatively new Board of County Commissioners and promises to do away with the "old way" of doing things, it appears to be politics as usual in Levy County.

  • The BOCC showed their true colors June 21 when Commissioner Ryan Bell pulled a last minute, non-agenda item for the removal of Toni Collins from the Planning Commission. It was interesting how two commissioners, Chad Johnson and Danny Stevens, felt that it was Bell's district so he should be able to remove and replace as was his desire. 

  • THE ISSUE:
    Florida redistricting to begin.
    OUR OPINION:
    Keep politics out of it.

    The Florida House and Senate redistricting committees on Monday begin hosting the first round of joint public meetings. The Florida Legislature redraws state and congressional districts every 10 years following the publication of the U.S. Census.
    Members of the public will have several opportunities to make their vision for redistricting known to committee members.

  • By PIERCE KELLEY

    ASK A LAWYER

  • “But this is Florida and we have gators everywhere, so there's no cause for alarm.”

    FWC Investigator
    Jim Smith after learning 17
    alligators escaped from a Citrus County alligator farm and that only nine were accounted for.
            

  • Regarding the article from June 9, citing alleged "illegal road construction in Cedar Key Heights." I would like to correct the following information.
    1. The article stated that SRWMD said I claimed the road was grandfathered in because it was built in 2008. It should have read that the road was platted in 1928 and is considered pre-act, not subject to present-day permitting. The only laws it is subject to are those that were in existence in 1928.

  • Dear Tri-County Area Citizens,
    Through the years, our communities have maintained the long-time tradition of reserving Wednesday nights for purposes of faith. This has been particularly helpful with respect to our youth. Local churches of all denominations have taken this opportunity to instill values of virtue and service in the lives of our young people. These core values are the underpinnings of wholesome family lives and harmonious communities. The tradition has served us well.

  • Special to the Citizen
    Although it was a tough budget year in Tallahassee for the 2011 Legislative Session, small fiscally constrained counties did see some light at the end of the tunnel. 

  • Has the Big Guy upstairs got your attention yet?

    Does a lightening bolt have to smack you in the head to get you started wondering if maybe this Bible stuff with its prophecies is something to worry about?

    Good thing he's a patient kind of guy. Remember Noah and Lot? They got the message just in time. 

    Will you get the message just in time?

    Margaret Keith

    Chiefland

  • On receiving news of the three Veterans being denied road memorials by the Tallahassee politicians, I am not really surprised. 

  •  I’ve had nicotine coursing through my veins for about half my life. And I received a healthy second-hand dose for the other half — when I was a kid — from my parents who smoked anywhere and everywhere. On occasion, my mother would even let me light her cigarettes for her. I think I was about 6, and I don’t think too many people were surprised when I took up the habit as a teenager.

  • Ashley Matthews is now Ashley Drake. That was the easy part. The path that led to that occurrence was more involved, more chaotic, more expensive. I doubt Will and Kate had such raucous nuptials.
    But I’m getting the cart before the horse. Allow me to gee-haw, turn around.
    Almost two weeks ago if you will remember, I went to Beaufort, S.C. to  hold the mother-of-the bride’s hand and to ensure she showed up for the marriage vows of her oldest child.